Sunday, October 29

Halloween, or the season of the witch

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.

The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven.



















The best version of "Season of the Witch" is found on Mike Bloomfield's "Super Session" (released 1968 or so..). Steven Stills plays on there as well and an other dude who's name escaped my mind ... Cooper or something ...

9 comments:

Tinkerbell said...

that's cute..

i love halloween, mainly because i love october..
there's just something in the air this time of year..
I can even feel it from here.

Haider Droubi said...

thx for the data zee..
nice pics....

_z. said...

Interesting Information. Thank you.
Happy Holloween.

here's our story. We celebrate Holloween on the 4th of december. but we call it "barbara", which is in reference to Ste Barbara. during times where Christians were prosecuted, She had to flee and evade dressing up in costumes so they won't recognize her.(I hope I still remember well my kiddie history)

So on the borbara (the way we pronounce it), we also dress up with costumes and go trick or treat, begging for candies and chocolate. Some ppl even give you money...

hmmm, I don't know where the idea of trick or treat came from...

pissed off patricia said...

LOL, the audio scared me.

Happy Halloween to you :)

Zee said...

Yo PP, glad it scared you :)

calamity said...

we don't have halloween here, we dress up in costumes some time in february.
however on the 1st of november we go to the graveyard and light candles to our passed-away relatives and friends.

DA said...

Nice devil!

Zee said...

... it is the season of the whitch

Gary said...

Al Cooper - great cut.

Is that your daughter? She's rather devilish, but sweet in those photos. My 19 year old son looked like a male version of old Nick at Halloween.